A fundraising event held at Carmarthen Livestock Market has raised over fifteen thousand pounds for Wales Air Ambulance. 

‘Party in the Mart’ was organised by the drovers and regulars of the mart following one of the members of staff requiring the assistance of Wales Air Ambulance. 

Maldwyn Harries who works at the mart was badly injured after being kicked by one of the livestock. Wales Air Ambulance were called to his aid and after treatment from the Welsh Flying Medics at scene, Maldwyn was then conveyed to Morriston hospital.  

Following a stay in hospital, Maldwyn was discharged where a long road to recovery lay ahead. The livestock market worker had been left with a loss of feeling in his hand and arm which required on-going treatment.

As a way of thanking Wales Air Ambulance for their prompt response and all that they did for Maldwyn, staff and customers decided to organise a fundraising event.

The event which proved a hit locally offered visitors the chance to take part in an auction, browse the stalls, observe the women vs drovers ‘tug of war’ before tucking into a sumptuous hog roast.

Wales Air Ambulance community coordinator Elin Wyn Murphy said: “We would like to thank everyone who made this event such a success. Attendance numbers surpassed expectations, testimony to the fact that an incredible £15,230 was raised for us.

“We would also like to extend our gratitude to Barclays Bank Carmarthen for their incredibly generous donation of £1,000 to the event. Without the support of the people of Carmarthenshire, we would simply not be able to provide this essential lifesaving service. We send our best wishes to Maldwyn and hope that he continues to recover”.